04 June 2017

Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops / Private Training Update

Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops / Private Training Update - June 2017
Photography Training Update:  December 2016 - May 2017
Over the last six months I've facilitated a number of Photography Workshops at Intaka Island, Century City and  Woodbridge Island Milnerton, Cape Town.

As from May 2017 I have started the facilitation of private one-on-one photography  training / individual Canon EOS DSLR skills development in my Training Studio Apartment in Milnerton Cape Town - opposite Woodbridge Island. Google Map


One-on-One Private Photography Training Cape Town
The objective of this photography training is to assist enthusiast photographers during the week as well as on weekends.


Early morning and evening shoots are also possible around the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island area. 


Full list of one-on one private photography training options in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

All formal workshops were facilitated at Intaka Island and / or Woodbridge Island:
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More

Private training sessions facilitated with Canon EOS bodies:
  • Canon EOS 1200D
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • Canon EOS 650D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Private training consisted of various training / skills development areas:
  • Exposure fundamentals (if required)
  • Canon EOS Menus / Settings
  • Canon Speedlite flash
  • Lens and accessories selection
  • Lens and accessories selection
  • General photography / compositional skills
  • Landscape / Long Exposure photography
  • Macro / Close-up photography
  • Adobe Lightroom 5.7 / 6 post-processing

Upcoming Canon Autofocus Workshop and Private Canon Speedlite Flash Training
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More

Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops / Private Training Update
Canon 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens:  Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops / Private Training Update - June 2017
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-25mm Lens:  After Sunset Milnerton Beach Cape Town

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Vernon Chalmers Photography Private Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More

01 June 2017

Reed Cormorant In Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Reed Cormorant In Flight - Diep River / Woodbridge Island
Some of my last captures yesterday morning. A low flying reed cormorant coming straight down the Diep River River / Woodbridge Island.

All cormorant photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (Handheld). Manual mode: ISO 1000 / f/6.3 1/5000s.

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Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Reed Cormorant in Flight  : Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Reed Cormorant in Flight : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Reed Cormorant in Flight  : Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

African Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

An elusive African spoonbill flying over the Diep River / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. A crisp, but windy Sunday morning, with the excitement of spotting the elusive spoonbills.

 All photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (Handheld). Manual Mode: ISO 400 / f/6.3 1/5000s (four consecutive frames at 1o fps)


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African Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
African Spoonbill : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island


African Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
African Spoonbill : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island


African Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
African Spoonbill : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island


African Spoonbill in Flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
African Spoonbill : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photography Gallery

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page
Images: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens (Woodbridge Island)
Visit / Like the new Cape Town Birds in Flight Photography Facebook Page >>

Invitation to anybody who is interested in capturing Birds in Flight and / or current Birds in Flight photographers in / around Cape Town and Western Cape for discussing / uploading Birds in Flight photography.

Page Admin / Moderator: Vernon Chalmers

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town is a Vernon Chalmers Photography / Social Media project featuring Birds in Flight around Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town (and other local areas).



Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photography Gallery

Birds in Flight Cape Town Photography

Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery

Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery
Bird Flight  Front Cover
Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery
Robert Burton 1990 (hard copy)


During 2016 I received a copy of this fascinating book from one of my Birds in Flight Photography Workshop delegates. As an avid Birds in Flight photographer around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town I'm delighted for adding this book to my photography book collection.

The stunning selection of more than 120 birds in flight images and the research / graphic detail of bird flight biology is presented in a well illustrated ornithological study by an experienced writer of natural history books.

Book Availability
Bird Flight is still available on Amazon and a few other Online Retailers.

Chapter Contents

Conquering the Air

  • Into the air 
  • Evolution of bird flight 
  • Learning how birds fly 

The Bird as a Flying Machine

  • Basic principles 
  • The wing of the bird 
  • Spreading the wing 
  • Feathers 
  • Gliding 
  • The tail 
  • Flapping flight 
  • Power for flight 
  • Power and speed 
  • What speed to fly 
  • Built for flight 
  • Fuel for flying 
  • Heart and lungs 
  • Flight maintenance 
  • Moulting 

Flying Skills

  • Taking off 
  • Landing 
  • Control of flight 
  • Fine control 

Styles of Flight

  • Wings and flight 
  • Free-wheeling 
  • Soaring 
  • Ground effect 
  • Formation flying 
  • Hovering

Living in the Air

  • Time in the air 
  • Flight for feeding 
  • Flying to avoid predators 
  • Flight for migration 
  • Flight for breeding 
  • First flight 

Bird Flight - An Illustrated Study Of Birds' Aerial Mastery
Bird Flight  Back Cover

Blacksmith Plover in Flight - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Blacksmith Plover in Flight - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
On a glorious Human Rights Day morning a few of us went out for some well needed soul / shooting replenishment at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. During the low tide we observed many birds active in the clear shallow water in / above the Diep River, just off the old wooden bridge.

Equipment (Birds In Flight Photography)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB CF Card
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB 
  • Exposure / Focus Settings

Manual Mode

  • Settings / Lens AF On
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 640)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld 

Post-Processing

  • Adobe Lightroom 6: Slight colour / lens profile correction
  • RAW to JPEG conversion

Location / Conditions

Excellent light and conditions. No wind and low tide around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.


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Blacksmith Plover in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  : Cape Town


Blacksmith Plover in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens : Cape Town


Blacksmith Plover in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens : Cape Town


Blacksmith Plover in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens : Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Motor Racing Killarney Table View Cape Town

Objective: Demonstrating the panning photography technique / application with the Canon EF 70-300mm f4.-5.6L IS USM lens paired with the Canon EOS 70D DSLR body.

Note: Slower shutter speeds / panning hand-held in Tv mode. 


Post-Processing
All images processed in Lightroom 5.7. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction.

Cape Town Location
Killarney Motor / Motorcycle Racing Complex Table View Cape Town

Canon Equipment (Action / Sports Photography) 

  • Canon EOS 70D SLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens 

Tv Mode - Shutter Priority Speed Settings 

  • Shutter speed: various (1/125 - 1/160 seconds) 
  • Aperture: f/11- f/13 
  • Focal length 70-260mm 
  • ISO 100 
  • Image Stabilization (Mode 2 Panning) 
  • AI Servo / Continuous Shooting Mode 
  • Lens Autofocus on

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Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Cape Town

Panning with Canon EOS 70D Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Cape Town

Motor / Motorcycle Racing Killarney Cape Town Website

Motor / Motorcycle Racing Killarney Cape Town Website